From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishthanksthanks1 /θæŋks/ ●●● S1 interjection informal 1 THANKused to tell someone that you are grateful for something they have given you or done for you SYN thank you ‘Pass the salt, please ... thanks.’thanks for Thanks a lot for the drink. Thanks very much for your help. Many thanks for the lovely flowers.thanks for doing something I’d love to go to the party. Thanks for asking me.2 THANKused as a polite way of accepting something that someone has offered you ‘Do you want another cup of coffee?’ ‘Oh, thanks.’3 spokenANSWER/REPLY used when politely answering someone’s question ‘Hi, Bill, how are you?’ ‘Fine, thanks.’4 → no thanks5 → thanks a lot
Examples from the Corpusthanks• "Do you want another cup of coffee?" "Oh, thanks."• Could you hold the door for me? Thanks.thanks for doing something• Thanks for ringing. and thanks for all the effort that you have put in personally.• A: No, but thanks for asking, Mom.• Charlie, thanks for giving us so much of your time.• J., thanks for reminding me.• Many thanks for your help in this matter.• The youth leader conveyed her thanks for the re-covering of the snooker table.• We should appreciate their help and give thanks for it but never waste our strength worrying about its fairness.• Yet Congress seems to be getting little thanks for this from the voters.thanksthanks2 ●●○ W3 noun [plural] 1 THANKthe things you say or do to show that you are grateful to someone Joe got up and left without a word of thanks.thanks to My thanks to all of you for your help.2 → thanks to somebody/something3 → no thanks to somebody/something → vote of thanksCOLLOCATIONSverbsexpress your thanks (=say that you are grateful)I would like to express my thanks to you for all your support.offer/extend your thanks to somebody (=thank someone publicly)We would also like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the medical staff at Broadgreen Hospital.give thanks (=thank God)Let us give thanks for the beauty of the world.thanks go to somebodyAbove all, our thanks go to Barbara Lambourne.adjectivesgrateful thanksOur grateful thanks go to everyone who took part in the event.sincere/heartfelt thanksPlease accept my most sincere thanks for all your help.special thanksSpecial thanks are due to John Bryden for his advice.
Examples from the Corpusthanks• He won't get any thanks from them for being so honest.• Thereafter the Bambino became an object of pilgrimage and there are thanks offerings all around.• Nobody commented; after brief thanks and farewells, Jack departed and the two friends went indoors.• In it she expressed her thanks and gratitude to him for changing her whole dying experience.• I expressed my thanks and sat down.• She received a personal letter of thanks from the president.• He wrote me a short letter of thanks.• I'd like to propose a vote of thanks to Sandra for organizing the whole evening.• She got up and left without a word of thanks.• Please accept this bottle of champagne as our thanks for organizing the seminar.• And Ley and EconoMax supermarkets are seeing profits rise thanks to maquila food coupons.thanks to• The play was a great success thanks to the effort and commitment of everyone involved.• Today thanks to the Internet, you can do all your Christmas shopping from home.Origin thanks2 (1300-1400) Plural of thank “gratefulness” ((11-17 centuries)), from Old English thanc “thought, gratefulness”